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About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.

Granddad Reflects on His Days as an Educator

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, started his career as a schoolteacher in the days of the one-room schoolhouse in rural East Texas at the start of the 20th Century. He retired from teaching after nearly 20 years and started a second … Continue reading

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One Year Without My Brother, Scott

Today marks one year since my brother, Scott Whitebird, died. Of course, he was gone before his body died. He was gone from us as soon as his head hit the tile floor after falling backwards from the first steps … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “I Can See Heaven from Here”

One of the many songs Will performed often for several years, starting in 2010, but never got around to recording or releasing. I’ve posted several videos of Will playing this song, both with an acoustic trio and with a full … Continue reading

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Summer Schedule — Sporadic

With apologies to Dan Rather for “stealing” his title (“Steady’s Summer schedule“) “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” Summertime means I’m not nearly as energetic in any effort I make — and we already know I’m basically lazy. The languid … Continue reading

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Left for Dead

Dead & Company, that is. Yes, I’ve left my rural hideaway in southern Colorado and am scooting northward to Boulder today with my buddies, Albert and Shawn, to catch two Dead & Company shows at Folsom Field tonight & tomorrow … Continue reading

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Futures Friday — Signals of Change

In writing about how to think like a futurist, Jane McGonigal of the Institute for the Future speaks of “signals of change” — current news stories that show unusual technological or social advances. Her recommendation for aspiring futures thinkers is … Continue reading

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The Lazy Blogger Lives on

“Hard work pays off eventually.Lazy pays off immediately.” I was going to post this yesterday, but…well, you know.Actually, I started writing it last year, but…well, you know. I constantly warn people I meet that I am lazy. A lot of … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “A Rose”

This tune comes from Will’s first independent release in 1987, Pickin’, Poker, and Pick-up Trucks. Growing up in the post-Vietnam era, Will had admired both Bruce Springsteen and Ronald Reagan. This song shows his growing skepticism of patriotic jingoism along … Continue reading

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Kerrville from Afar

“Welcome Home!’ Sign at the entrance to the Kerrville Folk Festival Celebrate 50 years of the Kerrville Folk Festival with a free livestream from the main stage performances. Of course, nothing can compare with the full-blown live Kerrville Folk Festival … Continue reading

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Quick Clips & Silly Spoofs from a King

Alasdair Beckett-King, that is. Who, you might ask? I certainly did after I saw my first short video from this funny fellow. But long before I could try to find anything else about him, I’d already watched a half-dozen of … Continue reading

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